London with 19 and14 year old -must dos?

Old Feb 17th, 2013, 04:57 AM
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London with 19 and14 year old -must dos?

Husband and I and two teens are doing organized tour of Italy and Paris in May. We are then doing two days in London independent of the tour. What would you recommend as must sees and dos for two days with the tens?
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Old Feb 17th, 2013, 05:32 AM
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Without knowing your interests how can we tell? (and are these boys or girls - what are they focused on?)

Have you looked at a couple of guide books to determine YOUR must sees? And the "kids" are certainly old enough to pick the sights they want to see - as well as restaurants they are interested in. We took out DDS the first time when they were 11 and 14 and they did a lot of the planing - for both London and Paris - where they loved getting to use their French.)

In London you don;t have that problem - kids can function on their own - if you want to see different things. Our girls loved Covent Garden (lots of cute small shops with tschotkes - but we went gallery hopping.)

I would give them two weeks and ask them to come up with a list of sights that everyone can then hone down to a very limited trip. Just make sure your hotel is convenient for the Tube.
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It is really impossible to come up with good ideas without knowing more about the teens and their interests, especially with the big difference in ages.

If they are 19 and 14 they should be able to come up with some ideas of their own. Tell them a max cost and let them chose one activity or sight each. If you don't have guidebooks at home for them to look through I'm sure the library does, or they could look up things on the Internet. It will make them feel more like they are part of the planning and not being dragged around.

It would also be a good idea to let the older teen have some freedom to explore alone, if you feel he/she can be trusted. A 19-year-old is almost an adult and should be treated differently than a 14-year-old. I assume you are native English speakers, so London would be easy to get around.
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Actually a 19 year old IS an adult - can get married, join the military and is most likely at college very possibly living away from home. A 14 year old is almost an adult for these purposes (easily can figure out what they want to see and do.) And the kids tooling around London together is perfectly sensible (ours did at 11 and 14 - but were city kids used to the subway).
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Most kids that age will like the Tower of London, and you probably will, too.
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